Daytime talk show host Oprah Winfrey sat down with CBS 60 Minutes earlier this week for an interview, and she addressed, yet again, rumors that she was considering a run for president.
"I was just trying to give a good [Golden Globes] speech," Oprah told the news program, according to CNN, adding that, while she's flattered that her friends and fans think she could be the leader of the free world, she has no interest in taking on a political role.
"I am actually humbled by the fact that people think that I could be a leader of the free world, but it's just not in my spirit," she added. "It's not in my DNA."
But, strangely enough, Oprah's not saying she's counted out a presidential campaign completely — just that she hasn't given the matter enough consideration, and that she hasn't felt the universe move her to action just yet. In fact, she's waiting for a sign.
"I've never looked outside for other people to tell me when something — when I should be making a move," Oprah said. "And wouldn't I know? Because, if God actually wanted me to run, wouldn't God kinda tell me? And I haven't heard that."
To most of us, the sentiment is non-controversial. After all, it's not unusual for a Republican politician — or any religious politician — to suggest they have seek Divine guidance in their lives. But, in this case, the media has mostly been silent on Oprah's quest for spiritual direction. They weren't so deferential just a week ago when Michele Bachmann announced she wouldn't seek Sen. Al Franken's seat because she hadn't received a clear sign from God that it was in the cards.
Huffington Post mocked Bachmann for her speech, pointing to a satirical billboard, erected near Bachmann's home town, purporting to be a message from "God." The Washington Post jokingly reported that Bachmann had "cited God" in her decision not to run for Senate. And headlines from the Daily Beast to NPR led with Bachmann's God quote rather than simply, "Bachmann declines to run for Senate."
Oprah doesn't get that same kind of treatment. Now, granted Michele Bachmann is a character, but still: is "citing God" really only praiseworthy when you have an acceptable political persuasion?